Single Review: Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake)


Rihanna ends the long wait with the release of ‘Work’
Oh, Rihanna, where have you been? You know how people start to expect bigger things the longer you make them wait, right? Rihanna came back early in 2015 with the release of the disappointing, but still successful ‘4/5 Seconds’. ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ was next and did not really set the charts on fire. ‘American Oxygen’ followed as some sort of promo single, but then things got rather quiet. The release of Anti was announced and endless countdowns followed and today the new single ‘Work’, a collaboration with Drake, finally saw the light of day. Was it worth the wait?

To be short and to the point, no. We all know with pop music, there is a fine line between creating a track that is really catchy and one that is simply annoying. Rihanna’s ‘Work’ is one that fits in the last category unfortunately. I admire how she writes her own singles these days and I would love to say that she keeps on putting out hit worthy tunes, but this just isn’t as strong as some of her previous material. The repetition of ‘work, work work’ (or ‘wa wa wa’) and ‘dirt, dirt, dirt’ just isn’t a very good chorus. To end on a positive note, this type of song with the laidback vibe fits her voice perfectly so she actually sounds a lot better than on ‘4/5 Seconds’ for example. Drake delivers a solid verse with the lovely lyric “even if you had a twin I would still choose you”. Shame the repetitions get on the nerves halfway through and the hook just isn’t exciting enough. Having said that, this will still be a hit.

You can listen to ‘Work’ over at TIDAL.

One thought on “Single Review: Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake)

  1. Completely agree. RiRi may be pop royalty but she is not untouchable and I just find “Work” lazy and uninteresting. It’s certainly not the banger we needed or deserved after this long wait

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